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(1) ONLINE FLUTE LESSONS - NOW AVAILABLE!

I am a Canadian jazz and Latin flutist based in Toronto, Ontario. Although I have had extensive classical background, I have been working almost exclusively as a non-classical flute specialist for the past three decades.

During that time, I have succeeded in modifying my technique so that it works effectively in jazz and Latin contexts. Accordingly, my technical approach will be of interest as well as relevance not only to doublers but also to classical flute players who want to cultivate a “non-classical” style.

In addition, I have developed an improvisatory approach that has proven to be remarkably versatile in all of my non-classical playing contexts (which have ranged from flamenco to hip hop!) So, I can also provide useful insight and guidance into developing and improving your improvisatory skills.

The best way to see if what I have to offer is relevant to your own musical circumstances is simply to...listen to what I do...So, here are the links to three full-length audio clips (one from each of my latest three acoustic duo/quartet albums) which will illustrate both my technical and improvisatory approaches:

(1) “Poinciana” (from Nature Boy) - about 11 minutes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NX71NrWZFd8

(2) “Like Sonny” (from Paco Paco) - about 6 minutes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6qjZFVWPjg

(3) “Willow Weep For Me” (from Mercy) - about 6 minutes
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=48OQ1us3KWk

If you like what you hear, then do not hesitate to contact me for online lessons (or maybe just some online coaching sessions) because I am readily accessible wherever you are...whether you are right here in Toronto...or as far away as Tokyo!...

My rate is $60/hour and you can reach me directly at [email protected]

(…Thanks for listening!...)


(2) FREE DOWNLOAD - "WILLOW WEEP FOR ME" - (...AND MERRY CHRISTMAS!...)

This is just to let you know that, as something of a pre-emptive strike for the upcoming holiday season, I will be offering a free download of the second track, "Willow Weep For Me", from my recent album entitled, Mercy (featuring Robi Botos). This free download will be available until December 25th at the following link: http://www.reverbnation.com/extremeflute
 

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Glad you popped in here Bill. I've been trying to get people to check you out for a while now.
 

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Merlin: ...Thanks for the kind note/endorsement!...(Long time no see!)...

Everyone: I forgot to mention earlier that I posted the wrong hourly rate on this page. It should be $50/hour. (My apologies for any confusion on the point!)

Sincerely (all),

Bill McBirnie - Extreme Flute
Phone: 416.652.1541
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/billmcbirnieextremeflute
Sir James Galway's Web Site: http://www.thegalwaynetwork.com/jazz/jazz.htm
CDs (Canada): http://www.indiepool.com/main/showcase/index.asp?id=15737
CDs & MP3s (USA): http://www.cdbaby.com/all/extremeflute

"In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is." (Yogi Berra)
 
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